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Chimera lifts Caps over Jets in OT

Jason Chimera leads the Washington Capitals with 8 goals. Not Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin or Nicklas Backstrom, the man who had just 10 goals all of last year does. 

With his overtime winner over the Winnipeg Jets tonight, Jason Chimera now is two goals shy of last season's total after just 20 games. How's that for secondary scoring. 

The Caps also got goals from Alex Semin and Nicklas Backstrom in addition to Chimera's two tallies. Semin scored his 6th goal of the season just one game after being benched by coach Bruce Boudreau. 

Alex Ovechkin hit the scoring sheet on a beautiful pass to setup Semin's goal in the f...

Jets Looking For 4th Consecutive Win

Wednesday night marks the second meeting of the season between two Southeast Division teams when the Washington Capitals (11-7-1) host the Winnipeg Jets (8-9-3).

While the Caps enjoyed their first win in five games, the surging Jets are riding their first 3-game winning streak of the season, which includes a decisive win over the Capitals in Winnipeg on November 17th.

In that game, the Jets were forced to deal with early adversity when Alex Semin scored short-handed 3:53 into the first. Just under 4 minutes later, Evander Kane put home his 1st of 2 goals of the night en route to a 4-1 win for Winnipeg.

The Jets are coming off of another offensively focused...

Game 14, 15: Caps set for home and home series with Devils

          

The Caps (9-4-0, 18 points) travel to New Jersey tonight to play the Devils in the first of a back to back. The teams play in D.C. on Saturday night. 

Alex Ovechkin and Co. are coming off of a home throttling courtesy of the red-hot Dallas Stars, who handled the Caps 5-2 back on Tuesday. 

The Devils will be without the services of star forward Ilya Kovalchuck this weekend as he nurses a minor leg injury. Martin Brodeur will get the call in net for the Devils on Friday, with the back-to-back on the schedule, Johan Hedberg will start Saturday. 

Brodeur is 2-2 this season with a 3.00 GAA and an .885 SV % in ...

Game #13: Caps face surprising Stars

The Caps welcome the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars tonight at Verizon Center in a clash of early season powers. The Stars (10-3, 20 points) lead the West, while the Caps (9-3, 18 points) find themselves near the top of the East. 

After losing All-Star center Brad Richards to free-agency, it would be easy to cast aside the Stars this season. But the team has responded with a fast start behind balanced scoring from forwards Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and outstanding goaltending from Kari Lehtonen. 

The Fin Lehtonen is 10-1 with a 2.14 GAA and a .936 save pct. this season, and has enjoyed success since arriving in Dallas prior to last season after spending the ...

Six Games In

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Instead of writing some game recaps, I decided to give my take on some players that are playing well, some that aren't, and some keys to winning games.

 

 

Looking Good:

 

Michal Handzus – This guy might be the prototypical 3rd line center that every team needs. Remember Malhotra? Handzus is the bottom six player the Sharks needed last year, and he has not disappointed. Defensively he is really good, he is always above 50% in the...

Capitals Dominate Flyers, 5-2

In what was supposed to be a battle of the East's elite, the Capitals dominated the Flyers 5-2, to improve to 6-0-0 on the season. TCL's Matt Brigidi explains.